XFLAM fire performance panels from Askin Performance Panels were specified for the new $64 million facility built for CSL Behring in Broadmeadows, Victoria. Designed by A5 Architects and built by Cockram Construction, the new facility was added as an extension to the existing premises to help meet the growing demand for its global critical care therapy.

A5 Architects specified Askin’s XFLAM fire performance panels for the external facades, internal walls, ceilings and pharmaceutical cleanrooms. Askin worked closely with Cockram Construction to install 23,900 square metres of XFLAM insulated panels.

A5 Architects Director Raymond Kenyon said, “Askin have a proven record with pharmaceutical cleanrooms and sterile environments, and their experience made it a logical choice for specification. One of the deciding factors in working with Askin products is the XFLAM panel. It has great insulating and strength properties, but most importantly its accreditations and fire performance mean our clients are easily approved for insurance, making life easier for everyone.”


Given the sheer size and detail of the project, there were several challenges. Continuous design changes meant responsive drafting and product manufacturing, while flexibility of site resources was an important factor in the project’s success. Effective communication onsite regarding site access and product movement was imperative since there were more than 150 tradespeople working at the same time, all with their own milestones.

To ensure the structural integrity of connections in the highly complicated design, Askin’s engineering resource was used throughout the build.


Askin provided a combination of complex airtight cleanrooms, with high-performance joints and connections to ensure a completely clean facility. All lighting and mechanical services were concealed, recessed and sealed off to meet client specifications of no visible mechanical fixings.

Additionally, custom-made door frames, stainless steel framed rapid clean doors, sliding doors, and ultra clean single and double-glazed windows were specifically manufactured to suit the pharmaceutical environment.

Concealed fixings and flush finishes in all Askin door and window products allowed for ease of cleaning and sanitisation in a highly sensitive cleanroom space.

A blend of XFLAM exteriors was used for the external cladding in both vertical and horizontal applications. The design created depth and shadow throughout the elevations while complementing the CSL brand.


The newly completed expansion of CSL Behring’s world-class manufacturing facility allows them to double the output of an in-demand blood plasma product for patients facing major surgery, trauma or serious infections and burns.

Ronald Schack, Project Manager – Cockram Construction Australia says, “It’s always great working with a group of people with a common goal and working with the Askin team was no exception on our CSL Behring project. Quality outcome focused, backed by support for design and delivery was what we wanted in a partner, and that’s what the Askin team delivered. It was a pleasure to work with a company whose values, performance and approach align with our own. It’s been an excellent outcome for all.”